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The Cobra is the wild short tower along the approach path to Ancient Art. How on earth is this thing still standing? Well named-it looks exactly like a hooded cobra rearing up to strike(which is appropriate considering the seriousness of the route).

Unfortunately, sometime during the first week of August 2014, it is suspected that The Cobra had succumb to severe weather and thunderstorms. The once proud, albeit precarious tower is no longer. There were no injuries and no one was present to witness it's sudden demise. This page will be left to preserve it's history.

Getting There

Follow the Ancient Art approach to the base of the formartion, which will be completely obvious.

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5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
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The Cobra
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad
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Nate Furman
Salt Lake City, Utah
Nate Furman   Salt Lake City, Utah
Really cool climb. At one point I had told myself that climbing the cobra was the definition of bad judgment, but finally temptation over-rode common sense. It was worth it.

I didn't free it--pulled on the pin--but was well worth it for the interesting top out. Pulling on the pin makes the move about 5.9. Mar 26, 2008
Dwight Jugornot
Arvada, Co.
Dwight Jugornot   Arvada, Co.
Get on that sucker before it falls down-goes boom. A cam or two down low might prevent a decker thus easing the R. Responds well to technique and ability to read rock. Thanks Todd! Nov 1, 2013
Rest in pieces. Aug 1, 2014
george wilkey
travelers rest sc
george wilkey   travelers rest sc
I've climbed in the fishers several time but never climbed the cobra. I always seemed to come off a route late and would think,"i'll get that the next time". I guess I should take a lesson from this. Aug 3, 2014
. . . CO
Citsalp   . . . CO
. . . slacklining from the Titan to Lizard. . . .

Wow. . .I feel old now. Aug 5, 2014
Boissal .
Small Lake, UT
Boissal .   Small Lake, UT
What happens when you pull a full pitch worth of angles and spill your brains Jeremy? Is it any less likely than a base jumper dying? A4 nailing in mud is safe now? Hypocritical bullshit. At least you recognize that the impact of thousands of free ascents and subsequent raps off the summit may be as much a contributor as a few slack lines.

The Cobra was bound to fall off. Whether a user group accelerated the time-line is completely unmeasurable. Get off your high horses. Nature fucking happens. Do you cry when a hold breaks in Rifle? When a solid third of Les Drus fell off in Cham 10 years ago? Aug 5, 2014
Guy H.
Fort Collins CO
Guy H.   Fort Collins CO
A slackline can produce 1000's lbs of force in the direction of line. A climber only acts in the direction of gravity. With the tilted cap stone, a slackline on this formation was a poor choice. I am sure they made a cool video, though. Aug 5, 2014
Charles Vernon
mind & body in Colorado, he…
Charles Vernon   mind & body in Colorado, he…

Yeah, to back up Guy's comment, look at the upper third of the tower from this profile view. Looks like it could just slide right off...right in the direction of the slackline's force. Regardless of whether climbing had any impact on the Cobra, this just seems like a terrible idea. Not sure that climbing it was a much better idea, though, and I did it anyway.... Aug 5, 2014
Boissal .
Small Lake, UT
Boissal .   Small Lake, UT
Wait, which restrictions have been put on climbing in Arches due to the BASE/slacklining community? Last time I checked the reinforcement of the anchor ban resulted directly from the actions of a climber and pre-dated the explosion of slacklining, arch swinging, and other related shenanigans.

The Fishers are a shared resource. It unfortunately means that base jumpers, slack liners, climber and gawkers alike get to run around doing whatever the hell they want. At some point mountain bikers will invade the place too, lots of tasty spines to shred. The first unlucky idiot who gets hurt may be responsible for restrictions and the way I see it no user group is immune to bad luck. There are a lot more hikers than there are climbers in the Fishers and a lot more climber that there are base-jumpers. Sure, the latter are a lot more prone to dying than the former but they're not descending on the place in hordes.

I didn't mean to pick on you specifically even though I quoted your post. I'm trying to point out that blaming a user group for the fall of the Cobra is idiotic (you didn't blame anyone, others did). And blaming a user group for future closures is a gamble.

Happy times at work! Aug 6, 2014